Palais Lascaris

Address: 15 Rue Droite, Nice, 06000, France
Telephone: +33 493 627240

- Free


Bob in for the stairs and sackbut.

This Genoese-style mansion indicates that there were rich people in Nice before noble foreigners showed up. It’s so crammed into the tiny street that the ornate 17th-century façade can barely be seen, let alone appreciated. Inside, though, there’s a fine entry-hall and a grandly, vaulted and painted stairway.

Subsequent reception rooms don’t fulfil this promise but do contain what’s said to be the world’s oldest trombone. Back in 1581 they called it a sackbut, but it’s a trombone to you and me. Entry is free, so it’s worth bobbing in for 10 minutes or so.

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